Odorizzi beats Rays in arbitration hearing, gets $4.1M salary
RHP Jake Odorizzi was quite pleased with the news Tuesday that he prevailed in his arbitration hearing against the Rays, and will get a $4.1-million salary.
"Kind of overjoyed,'' Odorizzi said. "It's good to get a win.''
Odorizzi, in his first year of eligibility, sought the $4.1M while the Rays offered $3.825M. Either way he was in for a hefty raise from the $520,700 he made last year, and the panel of three arbitrators sided for him after the three-hour hearing on Monday in St. Petersburg, with agent Jason Wood handling their presentation.
"It's just a process where you never know which way it can go even if you feel good about it,'' Odorizzi said. "Sometimes arbitrators don't feel so good about it. It's good to get the verdict. We worked really hard on the case, and worked really hard the 3-4 seasons leading up to it. So I think it's the culmination of a lot of hard work over the years and then this past year from my agency standpoint they worked their butts off.''
Odorizzi said the "weird process" of hearing the Rays. via an outside attorney, point out his shortcomings was not too bad. "They were pretty gentle with me to be quite honest,'' he said. "I've heard some stories about what other teams say.''
This was the second straight year the Rays have lost a case, as LHP Drew Smyly's win ended a 6-0 streak under the Stuart Sternberg ownership.
Odorizzi said he was just glad it was resolved: "It's just night to have it all done and over with in the past and now it's officially baseball season and we can focus on the season as a team.''